like rats leaving a sinking ship

like rats leaving a sinking ship

With great haste and having only personal well-being in mind. (Typically said of people who begin abandoning something or someone that is failing or about to fail.) I knew the business was doomed when employees started quitting en masse, like rats leaving a sinking ship. Like rats leaving a sinking ship, the disgraced athlete's corporate sponsors began pulling their sponsorships one after another.
See also: leave, like, rat, ship, sink
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Like rats leaving a sinking ship they slithered away from the mess they created, leaving the country on autopilot.